LONG BEACH, Calif. - UC San Diego sophomore Nick Korth swam a school-record time to take first place in the 100 breaststroke event Friday at the Arena Invitational at Belmont Plaza Pool.
Korth, the reigning NCAA Division ii national champion in the 200 breast, won Friday with a time of 53.70. He was followed by Stanford's Curtis Lovelace in 53.93 and Kevin Ferguson of UC Santa Barbara, who swam a 54.90. A second Triton made the final in the 100 breast as Jacob Lammott took fifth place in 56.10.
Korth's time of 53.70 bettered his previous school record of 54.58. The time also came in under the NCAA B Cut qualifying mark.
Four other Tritons made individual finals on the men's side. In the 100 backstroke, Eric Owens took fourth in 49.42, the second-fastest time in school history. In the 200 freestyle, UCSD had a pair of finalists as Alex Merrill was fifth (1:39.33) and Michael Lorch placed seventh (1:40.88). Freshman Dane Stassi was sixth overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.76, the second-fastest time ever posted by a Triton in the event.
The UCSD men swam two strong relays Friday as well, placing third in the 200 medley and fifth in the 800 free. Owens, Griffin Bracke, Korth and Blake Langland logged a 1:30.65 in the 200 medley and Martin Vanek, Merrill, Julius Espiritu and Lorch finished the 800 free in 6:43.98.
Overall, the Triton men are sitting in third place with 570.5 points through two days of competition. Stanford leads comfortably with 1,510 points and UC Santa Barbara is second with 615.
Stanford also leads the women's team scoring with 695 points. Cal is just behind with 677.5 and Arizona State is third with 541.5 points. The UCSD women are in 10th with 21 points.
Action at the Arena Invitational wraps up Saturday with the following events: 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 1650 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.
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